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A photo shoot with Shia Labeouf is a live-wire experience. With his curly locks slicked back, in Nikes and tattered pants, the 30-year-old actor refuses hair-and-makeup, as he blasts songs on his iPhone, singing along to Nina Simone’s “If You Pray Right (Heaven Belongs to You).” He’s friendly, but firm about what he won’t do, and he bristles when a Variety photographer suggests that he step inside an ancient-looking wine cellar. “No,” Labeouf says, pointing to the bottles of alcohol. “That sh-t almost f–ked up my life.”
Over the last five years, Labeouf has been embroiled in a bizarre off-screen drama of his own making — one that nearly derailed his career. He’s been dogged by several alcohol-related arrests, a public firing from the 2013 Broadway play “Orphans,” and even accusations of plagiarism surrounding a short film he directed that same year. But the biggest scandal came in 2014: Drunk on whiskey, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
For those that follow these things, the commitment of directors to film projects can sometimes seem like a giant game of musical chairs. Filmmaker Rupert Wyatt is a case in point, in that he was previously attached to direct the movie Gambit as a follow-up to his 2014 film The Gambler, but soon moved on from that project. His next time in the director’s chair will now be Captive State – a film he has co-written with Erica Beeney (The Battle Of Shaker Heights).
The plot of the film is a closely guarded secret, beyond the fact that it is set firmly within the science fiction genre. It is apparently remarkable enough to have sparked something of a bidding war, however, with various companies currently vying over the opportunity to finance the venture. Once funds are secured, the film should move into production in 2017.
The science fiction nature of the story bodes well for Captive State, »
- Sarah Myles
After being in development for many years, one of James Cameron‘s passion projects is seemingly coming together. THR reports Christoph Waltz is in the early stages of discussion to star in the Robert Rodriguez-directed, Cameron-scripted adaptation of the manga series Alita: Battle Angel. If it goes through, Waltz would star alongside Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner), who plays a cyborg unearthed by a scientist (Waltz) in a junk yard. She grows up to become a bounty hunter after being taken under the wing of Waltz’s scientist. Cameron is also producing with Jon Landau and co-writing with Laeta Kalogridis. Fox is currently looking at a July 2018 release.
After seeing to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Mark Walhberg-led The Gambler, director Rupert Wyatt is returning to the former’s roots with a sci-fi project titled Captive State that he will helm, Variety reports. While »
- Mike Mazzanti
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